Welcome from Vui Mark Gosche, Chair Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

Vui Mark Gosche - Board Chair

Kia ora, talofa lava and greetings

On 16 July 2019 I was privileged to welcome attendees to Housing New Zealand’s inaugural Accessibility Symposium in Auckland.  At that event we sought your feedback on our draft Accessibility Policy, which was subsequently published in November 2019.  We committed to holding a follow-up event one year later to update you on progress and as part of our commitment to ongoing engagement. 

I’m pleased to announce that a follow-up session will be held on 29 July.

A lot has happened over the past 12 months.  A new organisation – Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities – that incorporates the functions of Housing New Zealand but with a wider range of functions and responsibilities, came into being on 1 October 2019.  On a more sombre note, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything we do, including how we engage.  With that in mind we have planned this Symposium as an on-line event.  A benefit of that approach is that if you are outside of Auckland you won’t need to travel.  We also see this Symposium as the start of a more focused set of interactions with our customers and stakeholders. 

I look forward to talking to you on 29 July.

Page updated: 4 September 2020